W.L. Gore announced this week that it is investing in PhysioLogic Devices, a startup developing an implantable intraperitoneal insulin delivery system. The size of the investment was not disclosed. But it was part of Gore's Micro-Equity Investment (MEI) program, which provides investments of up to $500,000. W.L. Gore officials think the … [Read more...] about W.L. Gore officials think they can spur insulin delivery system innovation
Biocoat officials say their Hydak coatings deliver competitive durability and lubricity — and they’re made out of a naturally occurring substance. Biocoat (Horsham, Pa.) this year has been touting internal studies in which its Hydak coatings demonstrated durability and lubricity that matched or exceeded other hydrophilic coatings, additives, … [Read more...] about Could Biocoat’s hydrophilic coating promote vascular catheter innovation?
Device designers have to investigate application parameters while also dealing with the product’s regulatory and compliance requirements to choose the right tubing. Here is the process for selecting the right tubing product and supplier for a given application. Alex Kakad, for NewAge Industries When selecting a tubing material for your … [Read more...] about What is the best tubing for medical device applications?
Raumedic (Helmbrechts, Germany) has been increasing its focus on developing PVC-free plastics for medical tubing, the company announced today. Raumedic, which has its U.S. headquarters in Mills River, N.C., has alternative materials without plasticizers that can be used in components used in applications including transfusions, pumps, gravity … [Read more...] about Raumedic focusing on PVC-free medical tubing
Microspec CEO Tim Steele remembers when polyurethanes were relatively new. It was the 1970s, and the only polyurethanes were industrial grade, not medical grade. Steele is a PEEK pioneer who founded Microspec in 1989 and opened up shop in Jaffrey, N.H. the following year. Microspec has grown and moved twice more, the last time to Peterborough, … [Read more...] about Microspec founder takes the long view on medical tubing
Medical device companies have many factors to consider when deciding which adhesives to use with tubing. An adhesives manufacturer explains them. The best tubing in the world won’t help a medical device to work if it won’t adhere properly. Determining the right adhesive technology for your medical tubing depends on several factors, according … [Read more...] about How to make adhesives work for your medical tubing
MicroCare Medical has earned success selling its Swellex silicone swelling fluid to companies assembling medical tubing. Here’s how it works. MicroCare Medical (New Britain, Conn.) over the past decade has found that its Swellex silicone swelling fluid is a popular product for medical tubing manufacturers. “That’s because the swelling fluid … [Read more...] about This swelling fluid helps boost medical tubing assembly
Interventional device contract manufacturer Biomerics said this week that it is merging with Northeast Laser & Electropolish (NLE), a Monroe, Conn.-based company. NLE offers medtech contract manufacturing, laser processing, machining and metal-finishing services. The merger will create a metals division of Biomerics, called Biomerics NLE, to … [Read more...] about Biomerics adds Northeast Laser & Electropolish in merger
Medical materials company Raumedic says a new biocompatible additive it's developed can further enhance the sliding properties of medical plastic components. The Helmbrechts, Germany–based of medical-grade plastic compounds — which has its U.S. headquarters in Mills River, N.C. — has tested the new additive for in combination with a base polymer … [Read more...] about Raumedic touts new biocompatible additive
Medical device innovation doesn’t just come from startups or big corporate R&D departments. Contract manufacturers and suppliers are increasingly playing a role, too. Long gone are the days when medical device industry suppliers simply produced or manufactured according to specifications. Companies are increasingly coming up with their own … [Read more...] about 8 medical device industry supplier innovations you need to know